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19 January – 2 February 2020

Sunday 19 January – Sunday II
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
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Monday 20
12:15pm
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Tuesday 21 – St Agnes V, M
12:15pm
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Wednesday 22
7:00pm
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Thursday 23
12:15pm
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Friday 24 – St Francis de Sales Bp, D
12:15pm
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Saturday 25 – The Conversion of St Paul, Apostle
9:15am
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Sunday 26 – Sunday III
10:00am
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6:30pm
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Monday 27
9:15am
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Tuesday 28
12:15pm
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Wednesday 29
7:00pm
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Thursday 30
12:15pm
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Friday 31 – St John Bosco P
12:15pm
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Saturday 1 February
9:15am
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Sunday 2 – The Presentation of the Lord
10:00am
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6:30pm
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I have seen and I am the witness

In today’s Gospel, we see the mission of John the Baptist approaching its fulfilment. The Baptist made it clear from the start that he himself was not the Christ, but the prophet sent by God to prepare the way. Now, John the Baptist sees Jesus, recognises him as the Lamb of God and points him out to his disciples. Jesus is the one whose coming John was sent to proclaim; the Chosen One of God.

As disciples of Christ, we have been baptised with the Holy Spirit and set free from our sins. We too are called to see, recognise and bear witness, as the Baptist did. This is how the Church can be a light to the nations, as Isaiah foretold. This is how, as St Paul says, we will take our place among the saints – the vast assembly of believers who acknowledge Christ as Lord. Every baptised Christian is called to witness.

Church Flowers

A very big “Thank You” to those who donated so generously to the Christmas Flowers. Without the generosity of parishioners such displays would not be possible. At Christmas and Easter we are able to purchase the flowers from the wholesaler which means we can get different and higher quality flowers than from the supermarkets.

The Christmas flowers cost £236.22 and this was covered by your very generous donations. This was with a saving of £60 because we had planned early and were able to avail of the opportunity to pre-order the flowers at a fixed price. Apart from Easter and Christmas the flower arrangers pay for the flowers themselves for the rest of the year. We already know that when we exit the EU the cost of flowers will rise by 13%. Please remember the donation box in the Narthex.

Do we have any members of the congregation who would like to join the Flower Rota? Our number is decreasing and new members would be most welcome indeed. If you have any thoughts or comments please contact Cliona Kear on either 386 3400 or c.m.kear@dunelm.org.uk

Face 2 Face

An invitation from the Association of Religious. Come and share tea and conversation with religious brothers and sisters, get to know them and meet other young adults from our Diocese. Saturday 1st February at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle – drop in between 2pm and 4pm. Contact: Sr Barbara Sweeney RSCJ on bswe915436@aol.com

Retreat in Daily life

Our Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life begins today. The retreat is open to students, parishioners and anyone who wants to deepen their relationship with God. If you want to meet with a prayer guide through the week, please come to the opening meeting after 6.30pm Mass. Everyone is welcome to the evening workshops:

  • Monday 20th at 7.00pm: What is Prayer?
  • Tuesday 21st at 7.00pm: Recognising and responding
    • Wednesday 22nd at 7.30pm: Who are You God, and Who am I?
    • Final meeting and soup lunch: Friday 24th at 1.00pm, after Mass.


    Cost: £10 – but if this is a problem for you, please speak to Fr Andrew.

    Diocesan Holocaust Memorial Evenings

    Tuesday 28 January at 7.00pm at St. Mary’s School, Benton Park Road, Newcastle. Smajo Beso will tell of his parents’ experiences during the Bosnian Genocide in 1995, and Gerald Stern will recall his father’s experiences during the Holocaust.

    Thursday 30 January at 7.00pm at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, Beamish Road, Billingham. Guest speaker; Marta Josephs, who will recall her father’s experiences during the Holocaust.

    Diocesan Holocaust Memorial Evenings

    Tuesday 28 January at 7.00pm at St. Mary’s School, Benton Park Road, Newcastle. Smajo Beso will tell of his parents’ experiences during the Bosnian Genocide in 1995, and Gerald Stern will recall his father’s experiences during the Holocaust.


    Thursday 30 January at 7.00pm at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, Beamish Road, Billingham. Guest speaker; Marta Josephs, who will recall her father’s experiences during the Holocaust.